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In top news this week, the Missouri House is pushing back on local public health authorities for their COVID-related orders, passing a bill to limit their ability to close businesses, schools and public gatherings. Debate over the measure underscored politicians' long and uneven struggle over local control, which has recently encompassed other topics such as police department residency requirements.

And in our top featured article, Sarah Wilson of GovGrantsHelp explains which components of the newly passed American Rescue Plan can be used for fire and EMS funding.

The Gov1 Team
Missouri House, reacting to COVID orders, limits power of local health departments
The bill now goes to the Senate, where a more expansive measure awaits floor debate
Austin mayor says face mask order stays until next court date
US corrections officers refusing vaccine despite COVID-19 outbreaks
Portland mayor seeks $2M to stem uptick in gun violence
Ky. Senate votes to make it a crime to taunt police in some cases
US traffic deaths spike even as pandemic cuts miles traveled
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Fire and EMS funding in the American Rescue Plan
By Sarah Wilson  
The $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan contains several components that can be used for fire and EMS funding
States drop COVID-19 mask mandates but still expect people to mask up – will they?
By Murray J. Côté, Tiffany A. Radcliff and Walter Thomas Casey II 
The end of mask mandates and other restrictions poses three important questions about responsibility, safety and public health
How first responders, hospitals and governments are commemorating 1 year of COVID-19
By Laura French 
Communities are honoring those who lost their lives and the personnel who have been on the front lines of the crisis
How a Wis. pilot program is attracting local applicants
By Sarah Calams 
After struggling with turnover, the City of Antigo Fire Department created a homegrown program to solve its problem
Implicit bias and first responders: 5 common misperceptions
By Lois James, Ph.D. 
One of the most common misperceptions is that people tend to equate implicit bias with racism
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